Ask ECRI: Alcohol Consumption in Skilled Nursing Care

May 12, 2020 | Aging Services Risk Management


A risk manager recently sought guidance regarding creating a policy on the intake of alcohol for skilled nursing and long-term-care residents.

The many perspectives on serving alcohol in continuing care communities complicate developing effective policies. According to, some policies recommend total prohibition. Other policies state alcohol cannot be served, yet allow it in living spaces; or alcohol can be both served and allowed in living spaces; or alcohol can be served and/or allowed in living spaces with a doctor's note. The RK MacDonald Nursing Home policy on alcohol is one example of a facility policy that only allows for alcohol consumption based on a physician's order. Other facilities place limits on the amount...

Access Full Content

Contact us today at 610.825.6000.